QHow do you survive a management change or restructuring?

answered April 15th, 2010 by Dr.Nancy McInerney-Lacombe

First and foremost, you need to be a team player. Management changes and reorganizations are tough, especially if you are not fully convinced about the change. However, senior management usually takes this opportunity to watch how their more junior management is coping. In other words, view this as a test.


How you respond will impact not only you and your career but it can have a marked affect on your colleagues and subordinates. You need to go the extra mile. Be sensitive that everyone is feeling somewhat unnerved. Don’t be too aggressive about pushing for clarity at the early stages if the environment is somewhat vague. If clarity is there then great, grab it and run with it. Get on board. Otherwise, work through your team to work out the rough edges — brainstorm where there is clarity and where there are gaps and find working solutions to address them.


If you are not in the position to make the changes to address these gaps- offer suggestions to those that can, making sure they understand that this was a team effort and offers some level of consensus of what to do. Throughout this process be vigilant about communication — up, down and sideways.


Be the one that people remember was a real champion of the change and as a result made it better for the whole team.

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